Okay, I’m not a Catholic or a Christian of any ilk, and I fully support the liberty of churches to make their own policies. To me (please note the highlighted qualification, it’s all “make-it-up-as-you-go-along-'My-invisible-friend-likes-me-better-than-he-does-you-stuff” anyway and if it gives some people the courage to get through life that they wouldn’t otherwise have then fine. But this news item seems particularly hateful and extreme to me for reasons I’ll mention in just a sec:
Okay, I wouldn’t want my kid baptized by any shaman, but… here’s why it pisses me off…
I don’t believe in Heaven. I don’t believe in Hell. (I do believe in the existence of Zimmerman, but not in his divinity.) But these people do.
They also believed that a child who is shunned by the church and not baptized can, if it dies, go to limbo. Conceivably, it could grow up and, being unbaptized and thus feeling rejected by the church, die and go to hell, where it will be tormented forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever. Priests, at least officially, believe in a literal hell and a purgatory and a limbo-
and they would consign a child there because they hate its parents.
Perhaps it’s me but this is disgusting. I totally understand why they don’t want to sanction homosexuality, I would take up arms to stop the government from forcing them to perform gay marriages (well, this being Canada I probably wouldn’t, but… I’d write a really bitchy rant on this board if it happened), but to say to an innocent baby, the same sort of innocent soul the same pious pissants decry at the destruction of in abortion clinics, that “we renounce you and you are damned for all eternity because we don’t want your faggot parents names on a piece of paper” is just disgusting.
I don’t dispute their right to do it, and personally I don’t think it alters whatever afterlife said babe may or may not have anyway, but they do, and they are willing to let it remain in limbo or burn in hell rather than risk acknowledging what is unalterable, that being that the child’s legal guardians are a same-sex couple. If there is a God I honestly think he’d have pissed on these fuckers from his cross.
But that’s just me.